chrysalis after-school

we don't just teach girls.

we build the next generation of leaders. 

the idea that a girl can become an chemical engineer, carpenter, veterinarian, or corporate CEO was a notion that didn't exist years ago. since we created Chrysalis After-School in 1998, our experience is that we can change this perspective for hundreds of adolescent girls every year.

today, Chrysalis After-School is the community's leading program for girls ages 9 to 14 and for high school girls' leadership development. our emphasis on resilience, connectedness, self confidence, and health includes volunteerism, academic support, leadership development, STEM engagement, financial literacy, and mentoring.

to understand what's going on in the lives of adolescent girls, we involve them n all aspects of planning and implementation of Chrysalis After-School.  annual evaluations demonstrate the success of this strategy, as participant results report statistically higher changes (when compared with girls not in Chrysalis After-School programs) in the following areas:

  • intent to finish high school
  • ability to resist peer pressure
  • willingness to take responsibility for one's actions
  • understanding that working hard today can lead to a successful future

chrysalis after-school sites: 2019-2020

every program site requires leadership from a school staff member and from a local nonprofit partner.

HIGH SCHOOL/PARTNER

GirlPower Peer Mentors (Multiple High Schools) – Mercy Medical Center
Dowling Catholic - Dowling Foundation

MIDDLE SCHOOL/PARTNER

Bondurant (2 programs) – Iowa State University Extension/ Bondurant District Office
Brody – Brody PTO
Callanan – Callanan PTA
Carlisle – Carlisle PTO
Goodrell – Young Women’s Resource Center
Harding  Highland Park Community Church
Hiatt  United Community Services

MIDDLE SCHOOL/PARTNER 

Holy Family – Holy Family Youth Foundation
Hoyt – DSM Schools SUCCESS Program
Indianola – WeLIFT Community Outreach
McCombs – Blank Park Zoo
Merrill (2 programs) – Merrill PTA
SE Polk Junior High – Altoona Campus
Spring Creek (SE Polk) – Altoona Campus
Urbandale – Community Youth Concepts
Weeks – Girls Rock! Des Moines
Woodside – Community Youth Concepts

 

 

 

 

 

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL/PARTNER

Anderson – ISU Polk County Extension/ Bondurant District Office
Hartford Upper – Carlisle PTO
Hillside (2 programs) – WDM Community Schools Foundation
Holy Family – Holy Family Youth Foundation
Jensen – Community! Youth Concepts
Karen Acres (Urbandale) – Rotary Club of Northwest Des Moines
King – Community Youth Concepts
Lovejoy – Mercy College of Health Sciences
Perkins – Perkins PTO